In this Sept. 26, 2015 file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates speak at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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To give is to gain a heap of grief if you're a mega-rich donor these days.Even Bill Gates, who has given billions to battle diseases, is taking lumps in a new book titled "No Such Thing as a Free Gift".Media mogul Geffen, a prolific philanthropist for the arts, AIDS and other causes, has been accused of a bit of each after two recent gifts, including $100 million this month to create the Geffen Academy at UCLA to serve the children of faculty, among others.Geffen's gift was lauded as transformative by Lincoln Center administrators and elsewhere criticized as self-aggrandizing. But the reaction was muted compared with the buzz saw started this summer by Joan Weill, the wife of billionaire former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill.She offered $20 million to Paul Smith's College in New York's Adirondacks – but only if the small college changed its name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College. It can be painful for people fighting for clean water or fair housing to see the Fisher family get $15 million so Geffen can put his name on a hall, said Marian Stern, who teaches at New York University's Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.
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